Erika McCalpine is the director of the OSU-Cascades Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laboratory. She is also a business instructor at OSU-Cascades, where she teaches courses in human resources, business ethics, leadership and entrepreneurship.
McCalpine is a recognized advocate for advancing social equity and inclusion within OSU and weaves those themes throughout her teaching and in her work with students. In 2019 she received the OSU Frances Dancy Hooks Award for building bridges across cultures and showing courage in promoting diversity. She received the OSU-Cascades Diversity Award in 2019.
McCalpine is the OSU Faculty Senate president-elect. She has served on the executive committee of the Faculty Senate since 2018, where she represents the interests of academic faculty at OSU-Cascades.
McCalpine’s community service includes positions on the boards of directors of Volunteers in Medicine since 2019 and of the City Club of Central Oregon since 2020. She is the co-founder of Love Your Neighbor, a grassroots effort that encourages community members to appreciate and accept fellow residents from diverse backgrounds. She was named the Source Weekly Woman of the Year in 2019.
Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, Erika taught at the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Morrissette Award for Excellence in Teaching Leadership and Ethics, and the J. Craig Smith Integrity Award. Erika also attended the University of Alabama where she earned degrees in Management and has specialties in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. She has also earned a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Erika is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.